Archive for March, 2012

March 31, 2012
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Mary Frances here. The Mary Frances Sewing Book is my second book, and it is very dear to me. I love my dolls and I love pretty clothes—and this book contains patterns to make the most adorable doll clothes! I was spending a summer vacation at my grandma’s house, and one of the things I always loved most was playing in her sewing room. I would explore her fabrics and notions and imagine the beautiful dresses they could become. It was here that I met the Thimble People and a beautiful fairy…and learned how to sew…lesson by lesson…and garment by garment…until I had made a lovely wardrobe for my dolls! The Thimble People taught me to sew by hand, so all of the clothes I made for Angie and Mary Marie were made without a sewing machine. Of course, if you have a sewing machine, you could easily use that instead. My sewing lessons are all clearly recorded in my book, so you can learn to sew from The Thimble People, too!

Now we are so lucky to have The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition: A Children’s Story-Instruction Sewing Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls! It has been thoroughly revised and updated to be useful for children and seamstresses of the 21st century. I’m so proud of it! My new publisher has re-sized the doll clothes patterns to fit the popular 18-inch American Girl® dolls of today. AG’s Rebecca Rubin was a young girl at the time The Mary Frances Sewing Book was written, so any of these clothes would be historically accurate for her. But you will see that the clothes in my book can easily look modern depending on the fabrics you use, the hem lengths you choose, and how you put your outfits together.

The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition:  A Children's Story-Instruction Sewing Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls

American Girl® doll clothes patterns from The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition

 

My American Girl® doll, Mary Marie, wearing the Automobile Coat in a historic version and a modern version.

 

 

 Best Wishes and Happy Stitches!

 

 

The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition: A Children’s Story-Instruction Sewing Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls

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Click on the book cover to go to Amazon.com!

March 25, 2012
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Mary Frances here. The Mary Frances Cook Book is my first book. It was written in 1912—and here it is 2012! My, how time flies! This is the story of my adventures among the Kitchen People. It all started one day when Mother wasn’t feeling well and I wanted to fix her a snack. I didn’t know how to cook, but I thought I’d try my best. When I went into the kitchen, I wished I had help—and suddenly I heard voices. It was the kitchen utensils! They came to life—and had names such as Tea Kettle, Toaster Man and Boiler Pan.

Three Kitchen People

They helped me make the best Milk Toast that Mother said she had ever eaten, and that was just the beginning. For 3 weeks, my kitchen was the most delightful fairyland of cooking adventures with the dearest friends a girl could ever hope to have. I counted 28 Kitchen People in all! Some days I’d jump out of bed early and sneak to the kitchen, I was so anxious to get started! By the end of our time together, I had made meat, egg and vegetable dishes, plus custard, cookies, candies, and cakes. I made breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert—and learned how to cook—just as you will learn by reading my story and following along with the recipes in my book.

The Mary Frances Cook Book 100th Anniversary Edition has some new surprises. You will appreciate that it contains cooking temperatures for present-day ovens. You see, we used coal stoves back in 1912 and they didn’t have temperature controls. It also has patterns to make the cutest apron with a ruffly edge and a cooking cap—just like the ones Aunt Maria gave me! Mine were white, but you can use any fabric you like.

  Apron and Cooking Cap

 

I loved learning to cook, and I know you will love it too!

The Mary Frances Cook Book 100th Anniversary Edition at Amazon.com

(Click on the cover to go to Amazon.com)

Mary Frances here. My books had become so worn and dingy. I was getting embarrassed about their condition — broken bindings, soiled covers and missing pages. I’d even become a bit afraid to handle them for fear they’d fall completely apart! Even though Mother Doll taught me how to properly care for books in The Mary Frances Housekeeper, 100 years is a long time in the life of a book and they have been showing their age.

The original Mary Frances Books, 1912 – 1921

 

I hear they fetch some handsome prices on eBay from antique book collectors…but they are really too fragile to be used as they were intended. So…I’m delighted to announce the publication of my new 100th Anniversary Editions! They’ve been restored…expanded…and updated to be just right for the 21st century! You can see them on the Home page. I love the new brightly colored covers! The Mary Frances 100th Anniversary Editions are relevant and ready to be loved and used by the children of the world today. They make me feel like dancing!
(Note.–The Mary Frances 100th Anniversary Editions are available at Amazon.com.)

 

 

Mary Frances here. I’m so excited to be on the internet! My friends and I have been cooped up in The Mary Frances Books for 100 years, and now to think we have our very own website! As my Aunt Maria would say, “For Land’s Sake!” I know I’ve had more adventures than the average girl. How many children have been lucky enough to have fairy helpers teach them such useful and fun and interesting things as cooking and sewing and gardening and housekeeping and knitting and crocheting…things that you see grown-ups do…and wished you could do too? If I hadn’t been there myself, I’d hardly believe it could happen the way it did. In my upcoming posts, I’ll tell you a little bit about each of my books…and my very special friends.